Roel de Haan : Abduction is a French outfit and this ‘Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres’ is their first full-length album. French black metal is often based upon creating a nasty and uncomfortable atmosphere. Think of bands like Deathspell Omega, Spektr or Antaeus. Abduction, although having these elements as well, is clearly more progressive in their approach. Many lighter parts with acoustic guitars, soothing bass-lines and clean vocals are scattered throughout the driving, passionate and emotionally charged aggressive black metal side of Abduction. The songs are usually quite lengthy and this gives the band the opportunity and freedom to showcase their tendency to shift moods. The balancing act between more straight up black metal and emotive spicings is executed rather well. The result is quite impressive, and especially the clean vocalisations contribute greatly to a quite epic feel although a bigger general production would have done the music a great service. Fans of Orakle, Sael and even Smohalla should check this out.